Highlighting the success of the nation’s anti-polio campaign, Nigeria has seen a significant reduction in the number of polio cases this year. Medical experts predict that with a sustained effort, the country could be completely free of the debilitating disease in 2015.
At the 10th meeting of the Task Force on Polio Eradication, Dr. Ado Mohammed noted that this year Nigeria has only had five cases of polio, a 95 percent decline. Dr. Ado also pointed to dramatic improvements in the quality of local governments’ polio-control efforts.
A polio surveillance system is currently in operation throughout the nation. Its purpose is to monitor the occurrence of polio cases and track the success of the eradication effort. According to Dr. Ado, this system has proven to be robust, although strife in regions like Borno and Yobe has caused some problems.
The risks of violence and the recent Ebola outbreak threatens these recent anti-polio successes, cautioned Dr. Khaliru Alhassan, minister of state for health. He urged the medical community of Nigeria to remain steadfast in the coming years to avoid a reversal of the impressive gains it has made in the fight against polio.